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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on 1976-06-09

Topics Live concert

Cold Rain & Snow, Cassidy, Scarlet Begonias, The Music Never Stopped, Crazy Fingers, Big River, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Ship of Fools, Promised Land Saint Stephen-> Eyes Of The World-> Let It Grow-> Drums-> Let It Grow, Brown Eyed Women, Lazy Lightning-> Supplication, High Time, Samson & Delilah, It Must Have Been The Roses, Dancin' In The Streets-> Wharf Rat-> Around & Around, E: Franklin's Tower

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard
Taped by
Transferred by


set 2; SBD> MR> DAT> SS> CDR> EAC> SHN; via Tony Gardner, from Paul Bottiglio seed discs


Reviewer: Spring05pc30 - - February 26, 2008
Subject: Everything hits so hard
This is a great show (stumbled upon it today in my bookmarks, titled as "great show", go figure) !!!
The transition from AUD to SBD is awesome, it sounded like the place was coming down all around the band. I have a 1970 show that does the same thing with Mason's Children, it provides both ambiance and depth that you don't always get from a crystal clear SBD.
Reviewer: WolfmansBrother - - January 30, 2008
Subject: if anyone ever asks
you why you like the dead so much, play them this. are you %#@*ing kidding me? say what you will about other time periods, other shows, but this is simply excellent playing with a varied and extraordinary setlist that would basically disappear foreever only a few years later.

the rest has clearly paid off and the self-indulgence over-medication and tour fatigue that changed their sound forever in '79 nowhere to be heard. they just sparkle!
Reviewer: jsunsh - - November 16, 2007
Subject: i was there and ...
it was see the band after a 3 year break (i missed 'em in '74) and have them play small theaters and have them perform so ...elegantly,,,is the word that comes to mind..was incredibly special. Brings back so many great memories of a great night during a great run. Thanks to all who make this possible...
Reviewer: Jeff62959 - - November 6, 2007
Subject: Fantastic Set
love the mix of audience/soundboard! This is a pretty fantastic show. Eyes is awesome & love the lazy lightning/supplication in this one. A+ IMHO.
Reviewer: serpentbox - - January 5, 2007
Subject: Something Conspicuously Missing
Great F-ing show, but where's the first set? Perhaps I don't want it based on what I'm reading here, but I sorta like the whole experience. When I'm walking down the street with one of these shows on my ipod it's pretty darn close to being there. You can indeed absorb the unique energy of these shows and expereince the flavor and nuance that makes them what they are. This whole archive is absolutely marvelous. As I was just telling my buddy, I feel like I am back. I could quit my job today, whip out a batch of shirts and hit the road tomorrow if the band was still going. I'm serious. I now understand why I love these guys. Everything you need to live in this crazy world, everything you need to be happy and survive is right there, in these songs, in these lyrics. But I know y'all feel the same. First set anyone?
Reviewer: gruUbic - - October 15, 2006
Subject: 9 june 77
sooooo crispy,
it'll crack you up
--- THEN steal your face...

Reviewer: David the Bruce - - October 14, 2006
Subject: best of both
I really love the beginning of Saint - having it be an aud recording at beginning puts you right in the hall to feel the vibe. but then it switches to SBD right when you need it (lyrics and rest of show). both are very cool. kind of wish every SBD opened like this one...
and oh yeah, great overall show!
Reviewer: gatheringwhatyouspill - - September 19, 2006
Subject: run for cover!
holy monster Phil bombs! Must of taken FEMA a year to clean up that mess.
Reviewer: Geoffsky - - July 20, 2006
Subject: Soft spot for Wharf Rat
That was a really nice Wharf Rat experience I just had. 30 years later. Smooth and dreamy, not overpowering like in later years and very in control going into Round and Round gradually bringing the crowd back down from the stratospheres and getting them ready to just bring it on home with rock and roll. No Donna Screamin, how cool.

I like the big Wharfs too but this was nice. I first visited the yellow ballons in 1993 after a 3 year layoff from shows (for PPT reasons)and have been Rat ever since.

Real nice souns as well. Too bad no first set.
Reviewer: Let it Bleed - - January 27, 2006
Subject: One of my Favorites
I'm surprised this show isn't ranked higher. Maybe because its only a partial soundboard. This set begins with St Stephen and it has an audience splice at the beginning, but when the lyrics begin, the soundboard kicks in and it sounds really great. St. Stephen > Eyes is really amazing... this recording is absolutely a top 10, or even a top 5 just for that alone. It's a shame the soundboard from the first set is gone. As far as audience recordings go, the first set isn't that awful, but its impossible to combine that recording with this one as a complete show because the quality is so different. The first set has really dominant shouts, when it starts some guy is screaming " hey man its cold rain and snow" and it just gets worse and worse. This second set has none of that, its totally clean sounding and is one of the finest shows available at this site. Just listen to this Wharf Rat and Franklins tower jam. Pure gold here. This is a must have show.
Reviewer: JackStrawFromWichita - - January 17, 2006
Subject: Edit in Wharf Rat
This is another great second set from the summer of 76. Stephen>Eyes>LIG is hot.

The one small problem I have with this is the edit of "some other fucker's crime" in Wharf Rat. It seems really strange that would be edited out. It sounds like someone put in a cymbal tap.

Oh well, other than that quark this is a great show.
Reviewer: Dub Irie - - January 13, 2006
Subject: Great recording and A show
There were some great shows from 1976 and this is definitly one of them. The quality of the recording is very good and Phil's bass has a very soft but punchy quality. Great setlist and great energy throughout.

Unparalleled version of Wharf Rat in second set sets the tone for the last part of the show. Donna manages to not totally ruin the show and actually sounds good in Around and Around. Last song, a very nice version of Franklin's Tower.
Reviewer: williamtell - - January 6, 2006
Subject: SWEET
Amazing setlist! St. Steph > Eyes!? NICE!
Reviewer: caeserdog - - January 3, 2006
Subject: I know shes been true
Good Wharf Rat too. I love that song.

There is some real magic in this second set.
Reviewer: Chester Burnett - - October 7, 2005
Subject: Super Duper Crispy
The Stephen>Eyes is simply unreal. Lazy Lightnin'>Supp. is also pretty sweet. And the sound quality is awesome. This is one of my favorite shows!!
Reviewer: Nan00k - - September 7, 2005
Subject: Even Donna Was
I have had an nth generation, hissy AUD tape of the first half of the second set for years, and even though it was one of the worst sounding tapes in my collection it was one of my favorites. Why? Because I have NEVER heard a St. Stephen or Eyes played like they did at this show. There is an effortless grace combined with a monstrous, yet gentle power pervading the band here, especially Jerry and Phil. Phil drops some of the greatest bombs of his career during these two songs. Thanks to, now I can hear the crystal clarity of this SBD recording and hear exactly what the boys were doing, rather than my brain filling in the blanks and me saying, "Whoa, did I really hear what I thought I heard?" And you know something? I prefer my my muddy, hissy AUD over this SBD. It's like a magician revealing how he did a mind-blowing trick. Still downloaded it. Kicks ass.
Reviewer: Larry Sommer - - August 17, 2005
Subject: First show ever for mail-order?
Reviewer: btfoz - - August 11, 2005
Subject: SQ
If you're listening to this w/Winamp, use the 'full bass and treble' preset on the EQ, cleans it up nicely
Reviewer: Sixtus - - August 10, 2005
Subject: Agree with cow bell guy
I agree with cow bell guy. Best cow bell solo ever during Dancin'. And the show is tight.

Oh yeah, and the Eyes of the World is top three, second maybe. First is 6-11-76, two days later. Listen and find 'it'.
Reviewer: jbflyer - - August 9, 2005
Subject: Go Bobby!
First of all WTF is up w/ 6/9. A year later the dead play what some have called the best dead show ever! Whether that claim is true or not this is now my second favorite show.

What impresses me is Bob Weir's playing. He is really responding well to Phil and Jerry and is playing very free, well phrased riffs with a LOT of energy. This is what is so great about the dead sound in the late 70's. Everything is real balanced and you get a sense of how the band is reacting to each other in these jams. I agree this is the best Let It Grow i have heard yet and this show has given me new faith in '76.
Reviewer: Sugaree2269 - - August 9, 2005
Okay, so I've been reading all of these reviews and downloading for about a year now and this is my first review, but I felt compelled to write it. Yes, the first set has sound quality issues, but this is STILL my favorite show. They sound SO tight and the music just flows. Don't understand one poster's comments about Dancin' being sloppy - it is the BEST one IMHO. St. Stephen, Eyes HOT HOT HOT! I also love the tightness of Lazy Lightning/Supplication - again the best versions so far I have heard. They are so in synch and Jerry is on fire - it sounds so beautiful with a nice full sound. I always wondered why some deadheads are so down on 1976. This one and the Beacon show are so incredibly played I have ranked them both in my top FIVE. Of course, all of these reviews are just opinions and everyone has one but I urge you not to miss this show (even if it is just disc 2 and 3).
Reviewer: musikfreek - - July 28, 2005
Subject: Fast enough?
For anyone who complains about '76 being too slow - check out the breakneck speed on Eyes and Let It Grow. How you
like it?? Grab this now.
Reviewer: jeffyjo - - July 17, 2005
Subject: the Dead were on fire this night...
The band played with an infectious and inventive, if not a little sloppy, drive and determination. With the exception of S&D (of which I think the band has played much better versions), each player (especially Garcia and Phil) are exhibiting a truly striking improvisational mindset. The highlight for me, though, with that said, is probably Let It Grow, full with Drums in the middle.
Reviewer: cow bell guy - - July 16, 2005
Subject: Cow-bell heaven.
The "Dancin" has the best cow bell solo in Dead history. It's like it's mixed for cow-bell lovers. Never better.
Reviewer: skwimite - - July 14, 2005
Subject: half a loaf
One of the better SBD's from 1976. The sound quality and playing are great on this one, much better than the 1st set being offered here. If you like '76, this is a must have. Don't recoil in horror, but I cherry-picked my favorites from the 6/4/76 SBD to fill up the 2nd CD. The sound isn't as good as this set 2, but the I think the playing and sound are superior to that of the 9th's set 1. If you care, Cassidy, Candyman, L.L >Supp., Might As Well, Samson, and Cosmic Charlie fill out an 80 min. CD. The C.C. is a separate song, and doesn't flow into Let It Grow.
Reviewer: redsoxfansince72 - - June 8, 2005
Subject: Hey Now!
I too, have shyed away from 1976 in the past as all the tapes I had heard sounded so S-L-O-W... Well this show has absolutely changed my mind. And I also get VERY irritated with Donna's off key wailing at times, but lest we forget that she is the one who introduced Keith to the band, and with the possible exception of Bruce Hornsby, the best pianist the Dead ever employed, IMHO. I know a lot of people really dislike Brent, but he sure could play the B-3, that's for sure! I would say if you are doubtful of '76 shows, try this one on for size. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!
Reviewer: ganjah - - June 3, 2005
Subject: yeah yeah
get it.
Reviewer: sid weiss - - April 15, 2005
Phil is just smoken the entire night..the sound quality on this set is perfect...PHIL IS JUST PURE MAGIC .
Reviewer: GEff - - April 5, 2005
Subject: Yum - A Breath Of Fresh Air!
Over the last week, I've run into a bunch of mediocre Dead shows, & I reallyy needed this one! One of the best, especially love Must Have Been The Roses. Only weaknesses are the 1:30 aud patch to start the show, & a slightly sloppy Dancing. Yum!!!
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - - March 30, 2005
Subject: smokin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Ole Uncle John - - March 19, 2005
Subject: A
Anyone who bypasses '76 in the rush for the'74 +'77 classics doesn't know what they're missing. The sound from these theatre runs is priceless and the playing is totally unique. This night in Boston as well as the 12th should not be missed. Also visit 6/14, 6/15 at the Beacon, 7/29 Chicago, 7/18 Orpheum!!, and 12/31 at the Cow Palace before proceeding to' 77.
Also lay off poor Donna. Her Deaniac screams do go through the head like a rusty nail but her hubby was the best keyboard player the band ever had.
Reviewer: ming - - March 9, 2005
Subject: Is that you coffin?
Everyone else has said it all except noting the Aud. patch at the beginning. You get the feel of a tiny hall, and after a few unmistakable coughs, they launch into St. Stephen and the place erupts with cheers and whoops. Really gives you the sense of what it must've been like to be there. And then a seemless blend into Gorgeous board just in time for the lyrics. Give this a listen!
Reviewer: jraybofunk - - February 20, 2005
Subject: SWEET
nuff said
Reviewer: Row Jimmy - - February 19, 2005
Subject: Great show
I have shied away from the 76 shows in the past. This one and the 6-29 Chicago show have changed my mind about the 76 run. I started going to shows in 77, and pre 77 I have been most likely to listen to the 72 shows. I am rethinking that plan.
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - December 18, 2004
Subject: 2 nd better than 1st set
damn....too bad the 1st set of this show is a lower quality sbd.....this is stellar!! quality is real nice, maybe a hair {a little baby hair}underneath the june 3rd offering
Reviewer: dirty jev-o - - December 18, 2004
Subject: 2 nd better than 1st set
damn....too bad the 1st set of this show is a lower quality sbd.....this is stellar!! quality is real nice, maybe a hair {a little baby hair}underneath the june 3rd offering
Reviewer: KidKoala - - October 31, 2004
Subject: wow
I think this is the best GD show i've ever heard, and i've heard a lot. The funny thing is that i'm only 7 minutes into St. Stephen, and i'm already hooked. wow.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - - August 31, 2004
Subject: Yowzer
Yeeeash this is a ripping show all the way through - the eyes is spectacular, tremendous sound quality played flawlessly this is a 5+ and wonderful to listen to+++

listen to jerry just drive the band all of them are on their heels just playing away like a fine tuned symphony. when was the last time you saw a st stephen>eyes>let it grow? Listen to Phil's bass in dancin he sounds like flea from red hot chili peppers... this is a rocking show.
Reviewer: noyz - - August 31, 2004
Subject: niiice
geez, why hasnt this show been reviewed more?
haha, this show is just staggering. crystal clear quality, and the audience really compliments the feel of this one
Reviewer: Phukit - - July 20, 2004
Subject: set 2 second to none
overall killer show, 2nd set opener, 1st st stephen in 5 years as well as 1st High Time in 5 years!!

St Stephen>Eyes Jam *************

A MUST have!!!!!!!
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